Here at REANNZ we run an annual internship programme called Future Funds. This post has been written to tell you a bit about how it is structured and what we expect from our interns.
TL:DR If you’re interested in applying please submit your CV, portfolio materials and description of the project you would like to undertake during your internship to email@example.com.
What happened in 2014
Last year, REANNZ hosted three interns – Jeffrey, Trung and Hayley. Each of them worked on a project based on our 2014 initial categories. Over their first week, we refined their ideas into what turned into their final deliverable.
The key point here is that we did not provide each of the interns with a ready-made project that was set to go. These projects required significant initial thinking and planning just to get to the point where they could begin working.
(By the way, we’ve posted some 2015 intern project ideas too.)
The general structure we provided for their work was:
- weeks before selection: submit an idea, maybe based on our list
- first 2 weeks: finalise project and present to all staff
- middle 6 weeks: work hard
- final 2 weeks: document everything, write summary paper, present work to all staff
The documentation and summary paper are expected to be a stepping stone to a conference submission. The internship itself is not particularly useful unless it is the foundation for the next thing. Many interns miss this fundamental point so we simply make it an expectation of the internship. The great thing is that this year, we have additional funding to assist interns after the internship is over (see below for how this will work).
What we expect from our 2015 Future Funds Interns
This year the structure of the programme works in the same way as it did in 2014. The key things we expect from our interns are:
1. That you work hard
We understand that you are students. You are used to receiving assignments and having problems with correct answers. This internship is not going to be like that. We will expect you to pick your own problem that is just beyond what you believe you can achieve. Yes, you might fail, and that would stink. But you are an intern; you won’t get fired for that. We also expect you to work on something that is useful for REANNZ; and by useful, I mean that it allows you to develop hard-earned skills and allows us to map intellectual-space that we would normally not explore unless there was an intern prodding us along.
And trust me, you will be pushing, prodding and poking us as much as we are pushing, coaxing and enticing you.
This is going to be hard work. Really hard. But challenging work is rewarding. You will need to know when you should ask for assistance when you hit a wall. You will need to know that when you ask for assistance, we might send you around, over or through the wall (in 20 years when you are managing interns, this sentence is going to be hilarious) (trust me). You will think we are being overly clever or mean. Most of the time, we will have no idea what the answer is either.
2. That you write a paper
You are currently an academic. This means you should write a paper. Papers get submitted to conferences as posters or talks.
Understand this: if you are accepted for this internship, we are expecting you to submit your work to conferences. Further, we are expecting that you will be accepted to at least one, hopefully more than one, of them. And you will (hopefully) say that your internship was better than your flatmate’s.
Now, one of the “problems” with a good poster/paper/presentation is that you often have to travel to attend the conference. This means airfare, hotels, food (read: money). And this is where Future Funds kicks in for a second time.
In addition to the internship stipend, interns can apply for additional funds to support their travel to present their work at conferences. Specifically, we expect interns’ schools to fund travel for national conferences. The additional funds are specifically designed to support international travel for the highest quality work.
Interested? Send us an application.
Hopefully my note has helped to explain the goals and aspirations of the Future Funds programme. REANNZ believes that we can provide New Zealand’s best students an opportunity to do great work and then showcase that work internationally. We hope that this challenge excites and encourages you.
We hope to see your CV and project description soon.
-The Future Funds Team
To apply for the 2016 internship programmes, please submit your CV, portfolio materials and description of the project you would like to undertake during your internship to firstname.lastname@example.org.